HGV driver killed by pallet during residential delivery

Alan Reason Transport

The police are investigating an accident in which a lorry driver employed by Palletways member Reason Transport was crushed to death whilst unloading a palletised delivery in High Wycombe.

The driver, in his fifties, was unloading from an HGV in a residential road at 11am on Wednesday last week (21 November) when a pallet of tiles fell on top of him, according to investigating force Thames Valley Police.

Thames Valley Police are asking for witnesses to come forward.

The incident has also been referred to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). A spokeswoman for the executive confirmed that the HSE is “making initial inquiries”.

Reason Transport, which is based in Coventry, told Commercialmotor.com that the company “will not comment whilst the investigation is ongoing”.

In a statement Palletways said: “A driver working for Palletways member Reason Transport died making a delivery to a private address in High Wycombe. Our thoughts are with the driver’s family at this time.

"Reason Transport are working closely with the emergency services to assist with their investigations. As such, we are unable to comment further at this stage.”

This summer it was revealed that the HSE is looking into ways to reduce maximum pallet weights to 750kg to cut the risk of injuries to drivers making tail-lift deliveries.


Dealer drop-in: City West Commercials


CM visited the used forecourt at Avonmouth-based Mercedes-Benz dealer City West Commercials and saw a range of vehicles. A 2013 Axor with 6-speed manual box includes sliding bulkhead with cage compartment, Carrier fridge unit, Dhollandia tail-lift, rear air suspension, reversing warning camera and sensors, air conditioning and a 300-litre alloy fuel tank.

The 63-plate truck, MoT’d until September 2017, has done 222,600km. We also saw a 2012 Actros 2542LS Streamspace 6x2 mid-lift that produces 420hp and comes with the 12-speed Powershift automatic box.

There is a sliding fifth wheel, full air kit, a 450-litre alloy fuel tank, lead-up ramps, alloy wheels, Kelsa high bar, twin bunks, illuminated Mercedes-Benz star, electric cab tilt, LED daytime running lights and lane departure warning. The 12-plate vehicle has 354,504km on the clock.

There was also a 2015 Actros 2545LS BigSpace 6x2 mid-lift that has a 12-speed Powershift automatic box and develops 450hp. It includes predictive powertrain control, sliding fifth wheel, full air kit, a 490-litre alloy fuel tank with integrated steps, fridge, twin bunks and LED daytime running lights.

The 65-plate truck is on an R&M agreement until December 2017 and has a driveline warranty until December 2018.

This article was published in the 24 November issue of Commercial Motor. Why not subscribe to get 12 issues for just £12?